Popular Malayalam-Tamil actor Jayaram, who is completing 25 years in his acting career this year, was named for the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour on the eve of Republic Day on Tuesday.
Speaking to media, Jayaram said that the news was first broken to him by Malayalam superstar Mohanlal. He was shooting in Ramoji Rao Studios in Hyderabad for Rafi and Mecartin’s comedy multi-starrer China Town, starring Mohanlal, Dileep and Jayaram.
"We were shooting a crucial scene in which Mohanlal had to whisper swear words in my ears in a comic manner. He came close to me and whispered the words ’Padma Shri Jayaram’ twice in my ear.
I was taken aback and thought that he was pulling my leg! There was comic disbelief on my face and the director okayed the shot! Later, I came to know from Mohanlal that the news had just broken and television channels were flashing the news."